Life Happens

We’ve all been there, right? Trucking along, thinking we have it all under control, and then wham! 

We realize we don’t. And at that moment we can either let the hard, unsignalled left turns of life throw us into a tailspin, or we can pull up our big girl panties and just get on with it.

I choose to just get on with it.

You guys, I’m so sorry, but RECKONING won’t be ready to publish until summertime. It’s nobody’s fault – life just happened and the editing process is taking a little longer than I’d expected. I hope you’ll hang on with me for a few more months to find out what happens next in Aydan and Rein and Brig’s lives – and so much happens. I think it will be worth the wait, but I’m a little biased…

I’ll try to make the wait easier in the meantime. I’m planning some giveaways, and I’ll post some excerpts (the non-spoilery sort), along with a surprise or two while we count the days.

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The first giveaway is happening NOW over on my Facebook page (click here). Super easy to enter – all the deets will be on the post with the picture you see on the left. My giveaways are always a surprise – I never spoil what’s in the package – but I think you’ll like it!

Loads of love,

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grilled cheese

MAKE IT, EAT IT: Not Your Granny’s Grilled Cheese

Normally when I hit the kitchen to make my family a meal I do it with my kids in mind. The gag-force is strong with one (cue The Imperial March), another one is lactose intolerant, one turns her nose up to anything that isn’t a chicken nugget, and one (and bless him he’s officially my favorite) will eat anything I put in front of him.

But sometimes I get tired of spaghetti (okay, like always. I officially loathe spaghetti). And sometimes I want something with cheese in it (Lactaid was invented for a reason, right?). And sometimes I want something with actual flavor that also looks delicious (but only to a grown-up’s eyes, because grown-ups and kids have WAY different ideas of what ‘delicious’ actually looks like).

Enter this most supremely fantastically amazingly delicious grilled cheese sandwich. Apple-smoked Gruyere cheese. Shallots sautéed in butter with fresh thyme. Fresh bread toasted to perfection. Comfort food on ‘roids that three out of my four kids hated, but that the Hubster and I devoured like dogs on the brink of starvation.

I love this recipe as-is. The author of the blog I found it on suggested some changes, but I found no need. It’s not a quick recipe, so just don’t rush it and you’ll be fine (her concern was the low burning point for butter. If you cook at a moderate heat you’ll be okay and it’s BUTTER, so it’s totally worth the wait). My only big suggestion is this: Make sure to buy a little more Gruyere than you need because you will nibble on it while you work.

We ate our with creamy tomato soup and an apple-cucumber salad (with a side of Lactaid for one of the natives), but honestly I would have been completely happy devouring it sans all that stuff. It’s just. So. Good.

I hope you give this recipe a shot. Click here for the full tutorial.

Loads of love,

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